In order to release it they claim they have to pay a customs release fee – which is then requested from the victim." Online dating scams are nothing new, but they are on the rise.
From April 2013 to March 2014, there were 2,037 cases of dating scams reported to Action Fraud, with the 651 scams over the summer marking an acceleration.
The scammers are using their images without their knowledge or permission to deceive their victims and steal their money.
The scammers are using their images without their knowledge and permission to deceive their victims and scam them out of money.
They search through the social networks and dating sites databases, to see if a person with such email is registered somewhere.They will then ask the victim to pay, and if they do, the fraudster might also ask them to pay for the flight. "Fraudsters claim they have found a box containing gold, silver, money and jewels (or any one of them) in the desert and have sent it out of the country to set up a future together with the victim," said Action Fraud UK."However, this box is now stuck in (x) country’s customs.The online dating websites say there is little they can do to restrict this type of fraud.A spokesman for Match.com, Britain's most well-known dating site, said people should apply the same common sense as if in a bar or a pub.